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I've only just found this forum and haven't been through everything yet so apologies if this has been covered somewhere before.
I really want to keep my son at home, always have but he went to school last September like everyone else as my husband and the rest of the family were against me keeping him home (reasons against ranged from me not coping/not being qualified to him missing out on socialisation etc) I've read everything I can find on the web and have a couple of book on order from amazon so I know that these reasons are rubbish and have told them the reasons for not sending him to school, but they don't seem convinced.
He enjoys school but I feel they are pushing him far too much, he's the youngest in his year (nearly 5) and already I've had his teacher telling my he need to work more on his reading (I read to him alot and listen if he wants to read but I never sit him down and make him read!)! And his behaviour has got much worse since he started school. The other 'problem' is that he says he likes school.... I've asked him if he would like to stay home and learn with me but he says he wants to go to school.
Would I be best leaving it until he decides he doesn't like school anymore and then getting him out of there (it is a good school, tiny country school - only 7 in his year, all the kids are lovely, very good OFSTED reports), or should I keep trying to persude my husband and get him out sooner (while he still enjoys going?)
For what it's worth I think the 'enjoying school' comes more from the fact that at the minute they are allowed to play most of the time and he is a very outgoing boy so he enjoys mixing with the other kids, rather than him actually enjoying the work/teaching side of school.